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An excellent book for anyone who can't find a commercial version of the mask they want, or who just wants to make creative and economical masks. Jonni Good provides clear, careful, detailed instructions on how to use her extremely clever and innovative techniques.
As well as being amply and beautifully illustrated, the book is logically laid out so the student crafter can follow the steps with no difficulty. The pages are amply large and the binding is supple, so the book is easy to prop open -- extremely helpful for any instructional book. HOW TO MAKE MASKS is a great buy!
Love this book! It is full of wonderful photos and easy to follow instructions. This book provides the know how and with your imagination the sky is the limit. I really like that I can also contact the author with any questions I might have.
A very good book! I would like to note that I have created a slight tweak to the overall technique that massively reinforces the mask: First allow the mask to very thoroughly dry. This is important. Then, dilute some PVA glue, until it's about the thickness of cream. Get some paper strips, like you would for regular paper mache, but use a tough, medium to heavy weight paper, such as from paper grocery bags. Moisten the paper VERY lightly, run between your fingers to remove any excess water. Then dip in the glue and run the piece of paper between your fingers to remove excess glue. Very carefully line the interior of the mask with a couple of layers of these strips. You want the mask to be VERY dry, because if it is still wet when you do this, the dampness from the new paper strips might make it deform. I've made two masks with these extra layers of paper, and they're incredibly resilient. One of them was a test mask, and I dropped it, and sorta roughed it up to see what kind of abuse it could take. It is still completely intact. I think I would need to put it under a car tire or use a large hammer and considerable force to break it. The sturdiness of it is comparable to if I had made it out of hardwood. I believe this technique would allow for some even more complex sculptures, too! If you're hesitant to buy this book, it's absolutely worth the small price asked. :)
If you follow Jonni Good's instructions which are explained exceptionally well in this book. You will wind up making a masks. She writes this clearly with step by step instructions . Surprise yourself with the help of an excellent teacher!
Jonni's book is the best book I've found so far on mask making. Her instructions are easy to follow, well illustrated, and use materials that are easily obtainable even in the UK. The results are durable, sturdy, yet very light, and even better: once you've mastered the method the possibilities are endless and you can make masks as complex as your imagination allows! I've now got a shelf full of venetian-style masks in various stages of completion, and I only bought the book a couple of weeks ago.
I found it via a video on Youtube showing Jonni demonstrating some of the methods from this book, and from there I followed the trail to her website UltimatePaperMache where you can see her current works in progress. She's very generous with advice and showing her methods, so do check it out. I'm delighted with this book, and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to start making papier mache masks.
I love this book! It gives you the basic instructions & a lot of neat ideas for mask making. Although, somehow the ones i have made by following the paper mache & gesso recipes, have turned out heavier than i had expected, to the point that i really should have added extra straps to hold them onto the head. I think for now, when i use these recipes, i will be making helmets instead of masks until i figure out how to make them lighter. This book made me so excited to get started that i never completely finished reading it. I guess i should finish it, it might tell me what i need to know.